Mosquito Control Specialist Emily Hibbard shows GiGi and Anjali how to sort the data she's collected. It is pretty cool once you get into it but hearing that they'd be sorting bugs sounded like something they might not be so interested in. 5 minutes with Emily changes all that. Emily is excited by the work she does, she makes a very strong, positive impression. The ladies leave saying bugs are fascinating and Emily is awesome.
Swegen takes the Tuesday Jr Ranger crew of Orion, Raymond, and Clyde for a walk in the marsh. They are searching for noy's and I'm sure they found them.
Could be a good year for grapes.
What's in the flower?
Vincent and Raffe, visited the field station with their dad on Monday. They came to look for the geocache. They found the deer flies or should we say they found them! Raymond, Beck, and I found these guys running for their lives from Sonia's favorite place at the FS (not) right next to Folgers marsh. We knew that they would be interested in our deer fly hats We chatted a bit and we invited them back on Tuesday to take a walk with us.
We launched just below the lab. Anjali in the red, two seat kayak, Sonia and me in the new yellow two seat kayak. Sonia has the camera today, I ask her to take some good shots of the marsh. She says "it's going to be difficult with all the big houses in the frame.
She's an environmentalist.
This alien landscape is the result of the Purple Marsh Crab
Sonia set out to get a good photo of a Snowy Egret today. I think she succeeded..
Raymond, and I were the only Junior Rangers at the Field Station. We were in
the water almost all day! In the tidal inlet, we found 2 blue crabs, a male and
a female. They were clawing at each other and Raymond had to separate them. The
male one lost an arm to the female’s pincher.
Next, we went kayaking. Orion went in a
1-person kayak, and Raymond and I took a 2-person kayak. We picked a yellow two seater, but there was a little gray mouse running around inside! Lenny dumped
it out and I decided it was safe to go in.
We pushed them into the pond and jumped in.
We played a game in which Orion, Raymond, and I took turns chasing and
capturing each other. I was Raymond’s “lieutenant”.
Then, we helped lead a tour. Three kids
named Sam, Will, and Aiden came for the tour. Sam and Will are brothers, and I
go to school with Aiden. Then, we tried to seine with no luck. We tried in the
inlet and beach, but still caught almost nothing. We caught a few Silversides
and Killifish, though. To get back out, we went through the marsh. The people
on the tour left afterwards.
Finally, we ate Italian Ice and went to the
beach until our parents came.
The crew Raymond (wide brimmed hat) Orion (blue cups on his hat) Clyde (red cups on his hat) take Will and Sam from Rhode Island to collect some samples of the wild life in the harbor. Answer the question of the day - Why do Orion and Clyde have colored cups on their heads?